As seen on the Irena newsroom site, if renewable resources across the world can be doubled by the year 2030, it could significantly reduce the amount of toxic emissions that affect human health. As a result, an approximate 4 million lives can be saved each year, with lesser pollutants present in the air, such as ammonia, sulphur dioxide and more. Not just improved health, the reduced pollutants in the air will also help save around USD 3.2 trillion each year as health related costs go down.
The biggest impact would be made by reduced use of coal. While China, India, the USA and Indonesia will have some of the greatest savings in terms of improved health, other developing countries will also benefit with the reduction of bio-energy use.
As per the policies at present, the need for fossil fuels can go up by 40 percent between the years 2010 and 2030, which can result in massive increase in air pollution. Once the renewables are doubled, it will help reduce and stop the use of coal, oil as well as natural gas, by almost 36 percent, 20 percent and 15 percent.
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